What Are Some of the Most Common Pests?

The possibility of developing life-endangering anaphylaxis after a sting influences many homeowners to consult with pest control experts when discovering bees or wasps on the property. Different insect species have varied traits, which require individual pest management techniques. A licensed exterminator uses various granulated and liquid insecticides along with treatment programs to successfully eradicate these pests. 

Paper Wasps

Adult paper wasps measure between 0.7 and 1 inch in length. Their narrow bodies and wings can be brown, black or reddish in color. The body of a paper wasp may also possess yellow markings, while its unique wings are paper like, which they construct using fibers from dead plants and wood.

Paper wasps are not as aggressive as hornets or yellow jackets, attacking only when they feel threatened or when trying to protect the nest. This territorial behavior may result in an attack. In spite of being ecologically beneficial, homeowners typically prefer pest management over risking being stung. Paper wasps consume a number of insects including beetles, caterpillars, and flies.

However, eliminating the nest will not solve the pest problem. This is because colonies often create new nests nearby. To deter colonies from forming, effective pest control generally requires that an exterminator use a long-term commercial product on the nest, house eaves as well as doors and windows.

Digger Wasps

Digger wasps appear considerably larger than other species. The Cicada killer, which is a type of digger wasp, is predominantly black, possesses yellow markings on the abdomen and thorax, and has rusty colored wings. Meanwhile, the Great Golden Digger has a black tipped, reddish or orange abdomen. A third species commonly found in the U.S. has completely black coloration with blue wings.

Unlike other species, the digger wasp does not colonize. Females often build independent nests in the ground that often extend 2 feet or more below the surface. Passive in nature, the females may fly by humans or pets, but usually do not sting unless stepped on or handled.

Homeowners opt for pest management when nests occur around doorways or under decks. Pest control typically entails treating the nest at night with granulated insecticide. Depending on Cicada cycles and prevalence of food sources, some yards may develop many nests. Under these circumstances, an exterminator treats the entire property.

Carpenter Bees

Often mistaken for bumble bees, the adult carpenter bee measures between ½  and 1 inch in length. Though having similar black and yellow coloration, carpenters have a shiny black abdomen without yellow hairs. The carpenter bee acquired its name because of a preference for burrowing into wood and creating nests. The carpenter bee burrows a few inches into to the wood then creates a perpendicular channel that may measure up to 4 feet in length. From this channel, the female again burrows inward, which creates cells for each larva.

They generally do not colonize but mothers and daughters may occupy the same nest. Males fly around aggressively but do not have stinging ability. The females sting when handled or provoked. The potential for property damage necessitates pest management. Exterminator recommendations for pest control include treating each singular opening with granulated pesticide and plugging the hole.

Author Bio:
Rose McMillan is a retired pest control professional who has worked at several pest control companies in the United States. Now as a freelance writer, her goal is to give back to the community by educating the general public about pest control by using the Terminix pest library.